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A MAN's a fool, I 've heard it said,
Or can, at forty, tell
How with his health a thing agrees,
Why, to be sure! who doubts a fact
Can tell, ay, vow and swear it 's true, But all the while he 's wrong;
Even at twice forty doesn't well know The colour of his tongue,
Or how he is, or how he isn't,
Or ill with him, but, not the less,
And sometimes twice as much can tell
The pill that has agreed with him
The pill; the creed Come, open wide
Your mouth, and swallow down;
Well done! On earth your bile is cured;
In heaven, yours is the crown.
CASA CARTONI AI CAVALLEGGIERI, LEGHORN, Febr. 23, 1862.
LA LENGUA QUEDA, Y LOS OJOS LISTOS.
IDLE tongue and busy eyes
Keep you safe, and make you wise;
Put you ever in the wrong.
"To your argument a truce;
"Or that eyes can do no harm,
Shot by Lydia's eyes, I die."
CASA CARTONI AI CAVALLEGGIERI, LEGHORN, Jan. 20, 1862.
WRITTEN IN SCHOLASTICA'S DENKBUCH,
SEEHAUS, ACHENSEE, Oct. 9, 1861.
"MIGHTY pleasant to get in,
Than she was this time last year
With its great beer and its small;
If in Achen Gasthof here
She would live another year,
See another summer sun
Here on Achen lake go down,
And not have the young May moon
As it shines on Achen lake;
So he said -no cavalier,
Then turned out, and back again
Trudged through mud, cold, wind and rain, Which most pleasant he doesn't know
Well if it doesn't come on to snow!
Dark the clouds and thick and low,
And the lake it 's surging so
Back to Munich straight he'll go,
Back into the Zollverein,
And drink beer instead of wine,
In the Keller in the Thal,
With its great beer and its small,
And the view of Achen lake
Take in the Pinacothek,
And some fine day, next July,
When the roads tempt, white and dry,
And the clouds sail light and high,
"Achen lake, good bye! good bye!" Said the Munich man; and I
Said the same and heaved a sigh: